by Esther Elliott
Being a ruler takes patience, perseverance, and, most importantly, faith. There is much more than wearing a crown on your head, or holding a staff in your hand. Sacrifices must be made. Prices must be paid. Whether that means taking down a giant wielding only stones and a strap made from leather Or taking responsibility for the many faults you displayed, And asking for forgiveness through prayer. There is a price one must pay for their mistakes. I was never told the price that came with kingship. A lowly shepherd boy, I knew not what God had planned for me, Until a man came and anointed me to be Israel’s next king. By God’s side, I took down Goliath, Israel’s greatest enemy. From there, day by day, I defeated the Philistines. The Lord saw me through battle after battle, Until King Saul and I got into a hassle. In jealousy, He hurled a spear at me. He wanted me dead. By God’s grace, I fled. When I became king, I knew not what the Lord would bring. Things were going well. Yet my lustful heart ruined it all. I took advantage of Bathsheba, King Uriah’s wife. My motivations almost ended my life. I pleaded with the Lord. I paid the price for my kingship. It cost my family, my life. I needed the Lord in times of anguish. I still need him in times of peace. Life and leadership come at a great cost.
Esther Elliott is a senior at Malone University, majoring in History. When not writing, she loves reading, spending time with family, and playing her violin, viola, piano, guitar and ukulele.